The letter below was send to the SABC today.
To : The Acting GCEO, SABC
CC : All BEMAWU members and interested parties
Dear Mr. Mampone,
The multi-term agreement signed on or about July 2008 has reference.
In this agreement the parties agreed that the salary adjustment on 1 April 2009 shall be based on the 12 months average CPI-X as at 31 March 2009 plus 1% for the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010.
The average CPI-X for the period in question currently is 11.54% (11 months) with only March 2009 outstanding. We have been informed it will be published by next week Wednesday. The SABC has unofficially requested to re-open negotiations. We are however getting the impression that management is dragging its feet to get the negotiations going.
BEMAWU members want their increase to be implemented as per the agreement as soon as the CPI-X (or CPI excluding OER as it is called now) is announced next week. We need the assurance from you that it will happen without any delay. The SABC is free to attempt to negotiate at any time with BEMAWU, and should the parties reach agreement on any other percentage increase, the salaries will be adjusted accordingly.